Arts & Culture
A thriving hub for art, music, performances and events.
The Bathurst region has long been an inspirational destination for several of Australia’s well renowned contemporary artists. Stunning rural landscapes and historic buildings provide meaning and context about our history to be told through art.
A great example is the Sofala streetscape featuring in Russell Drysdale’s famous painting ‘The cricketers’.
This has inspired a new generation of artists to take up residency in Hill End as part of the Hill End Artists in Residence Program. The calm, quiet and rustic streets of Hill End providing influence for their works, which can be seen in exhibitions year-round at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.
Bathurst’s music scene is thriving, with local artists performing in hotel bars and restaurants all over town every Friday to Sunday.
The Local Emerging Artists Program gives young performers the experience of playing live shows, and the annual Inland Sea of Sound Festival held late summer on top of Wahluu-Mount Panorama always features a stellar lineup of local and national artists.
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre is an intimate theatre in the centre of town that always features a diverse program of theatre, comedy, music and dance.
Bathurst plays host to a number of signature events throughout the year, and not just the cars, that pay homage to the culture of the town past and present like Bathurst Winter Festival, Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail, and the Royal Bathurst Show.